Dixie Pearl Gonzales

January 23, 1937 – November 23, 2023

Dixie Pearl Gonzales passed quietly November 23, 2023, spending her last days surrounded by family.

Born in Tennessee in 1937, Dixie came to Chicago, where in three days she met and married the love of her life (Luis Castro) and spent 52 wonderful years married.

Together, they were blessed with 6 children, Frank (Diane), Jim (Cindy), Linda (Michael), Eva (Chris), Mike (Nancy) and Austin; 13 grandchildren, John (Jeanette), Tiffany, Dallas (Kendra), Daniel (Martyna), Jacob (Ali), Matthew (Lauren), Rachel (Kyle), David, Sara (Matt), Ellie, Annie, Jenna and Zach; along with 4 great-grandchildren, Frank, Bella, Sophia and Eden.

She was a remarkable mother to not only her children but any stray neighborhood kids as well, regularly gathering the troops, packing a bunch of PB&J sandwiches and taking them to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game.Dixie was an uncomplicated yet extraordinary woman, who never met a stranger, enjoyed social outings and talking to people. She was a great storyteller, mesmerizing children for decades. She loved to sing and engage with friends and family. She was heavily involved in TOPS and Red Hats where she found many, many cherished friendships.

Funeral Services and Interment are Private. For funeral information, please call JGeils Funeral Services at 630-306-1008.

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Thank you Jim Geils

To all the families that have supported my father, Jim, throughout his 45 years as a funeral director, I hope you will continue to let me serve you moving forward.

Filling my father’s shoes, will not be an easy task and something I will forever strive for; however, he has given me the knowledge, guidance, experience and lasting relationships within the funeral industry that will hopefully make this transition possible.

He was my confidant, superior but mostly my biggest fan. I know he will be with me always, leading and guiding me to be the best funeral director I can be.

I will continue my father’s legacy as best and for as long as I can, with your love, help and support.

Monica Geils Conroy
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer